The withdrawal of Russians from Ukraine’s nuclear operations needs to be addressed, the IAEA chief said

Updates: 30.03.2022 21:37

Kyiv – Departure of Russian troops from the Zaporozhye and Chernobyl nuclear power plants should be the subject of negotiations at various levels and also during talks between the Russian and Ukrainian delegations. According to Unian, it’s today he said International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Rafael Grossi at a meeting with employees of the South Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant. He described the situation when Russian troops occupied nuclear power plants as unusual and critical.

A few days after the invasion began, Russian troops occupied the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, which is considered the largest in Europe. The shelling of facilities in southern Ukraine has provoked strong criticism from both the West and experts. On the first day of the invasion, the Russians also gained control of the site of the former Chernobyl power plant.

This week, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said that Russian troops were behaving irresponsibly in the vicinity of the occupied former power plant and that they were burning in several places in the closed zone around it. Today, according to Vereschuk, the Ukrainian armed forces have warned of the danger of ammunition exploding at this power plant. General Staff of the Ukrainian Army today saidthat the invading army is increasing its presence near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

During a meeting with Rafael Gross, Ukrainian Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko emphasized that Ukraine was asking the IAEA to suspend Russian officials and restrict Russians’ access to Ukrainian documents. In addition, Ukraine has called on the agency to help invading troops leave Ukraine’s nuclear facilities. Kyiv is also demanding that the UN Security Council take immediate action to demilitarize the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and send a special UN mission to the scene, Unian said.

Grossi thanked the staff of the South Ukrainian power plant, which is located in the Mykolaiv region north of Voznesensk, for “perseverance and resilience” at a time when Russian troops are attacking Ukraine, and promised Ukraine help from the agency. “We are ready to support you as best we can,” he said representatives of the facility and the Ukrainian authorities.

Ukraine has one of the largest nuclear energy programs in Europe. There are 15 nuclear reactors in four nuclear power plants in the country, and special operations apply at the decommissioned Chernobyl power plant.

“Employees of all Ukraine’s nuclear power plants deserve full respect and admiration for keeping them safe even in the midst of the conflict,” the IAEA chief said. Grossi believes that the presence of his agency’s experts directly in Ukraine will help reduce the risk of a nuclear accident.

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